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Larkin Hood

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Research Associate and Instructional Consultant

301 Rider Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-0686

Area(s) of Expertise

Teaching and learning in STEM disciplines

Teaching large courses

New faculty teaching interests and issues

Teaching writing in the sciences

Biographical Information

Dr. Larkin Hood earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Washington (UW) in 2007. Her work as a teaching and learning scholar stems from her 12 years of experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Her teaching experience includes courses large and small in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and interdisciplinary writing. Just prior to coming to Penn State she worked with UW faculty to create outreach programs in archaeology, cultural anthropology, geology, paleontology, zoology, botany, American Indian Studies, and art history.

Dr. Hood is interested in how informal education methods and theory can inform best practices in college classrooms. Some of her other research interests include the pedagogical aspects of undergraduate research, the roles and design of general education courses, and the roles of undergraduate students as teachers.